Emilia Clarke Suffered 2 Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysms While Shooting "Game of Thrones"

March 21, 2019

In a first-person New Yorker essay that appeared on the magazine's website Thursday, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke revealed that she nearly died after suffering two brain aneurysms during the early years of filming on the hit HBO show. After suffering her first aneurysm in 2011, Clarke said she couldn't remember her own name during a two-week recovery period. “Nonsense words tumbled out of my mouth and I went into a blind panic. I’d never experienced fear like that—a sense of doom closing in,” she wrote. “I could see my life ahead, and it wasn’t worth living. I am an actor; I need to remember my lines. Now I couldn’t recall my name.” After undergoing surgery, she developed a second aneurysm that required an additional operation. Of her subsequent recovery, which lasted a month, she evoked her GoT character in morbidly quipping, "I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced." She's since started a charity for victims of brain injury and stroke.